Make Aruba Petroleum a poster child for bad operator of the Barnett Shale.
Since there is still no emergency contact information for the Aruba Petroleum, Wright 7H & 8H well, The Ruggieros called the Texas Railroad Commission when they discovered the condensate tank overflowing.
The condensate tank is overflowing and venting. But, that’s not all. There is another issue at this well site but I can’t reveal that yet.
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This Aruba operation needs to be shut down!
Tim Ruggiero says
SWR 8 specifically states that 'Any Spill, Fire or Accident must be reported IMMEDIATELY." I can promise you that it was not-at least by the operator or their tanker services company. This would be the FIFTH spill, and at least the 4th that has gone unreported!
Aside from the fact that this thing overflowed and vented for more than 8 hours, our calling the TRRC doesn't preclude the operator from calling. There is no way the operator could know that we called, and they are damned sure aware of what 3 or 4 rules they have to follow.
Watching Flower Mound? Tim and other like him are paying the price every day. Learn the lesson. This is coming to a subdivision near YOU.
Elizabeth Burns says
holey smoley! That's bad. Even by XOMan standards – this would be bad. Pay careful attention to how the RRC responds and how the company cleans it up.
Tim Ruggiero says
The TCEQ is on-site at 9:30- and the condensate tank is STILL venting very wet gas and oozing condensate down the side of the tank. Not 5 mins after I met TCEQ at the site, ARUBA showed up. The guy from Aruba simply closed the open hatch on top of the tank, and that stopped the flow and venting. TCEQ is using FLIR camera and will be taking an air sample.
Another truck- a vacuum truck just showed up, presumably to pull out the who knows how many hundreds of gallons of condensate from the tank area.
What about the crap all over the ground. Or was it all contained in a "spill tray?"
Time to educated me folks. I thought condensate was the material that ends up as NORM.
How many times at the hundreds of thousands of wells in Texas does this kind of thing go un noticed? Thank you Ruggieros for paying attention. (800) 424-8802
Aruba, what part of "this is the most watched site in North Texas" do you not get? This should be the cleanest site in all of Texas, why, becase we are watching it the closest. Other operators, it's time to lean on Aruba, they are ruining it for ALL of you in every other populated area you try to encroach on. Most "lesser mammals" can learn something with a few basic iterations, but Aruba, we have yet to see.
Jerry Lobdill says
This is absolutely astonishing! If the overflow from the tank shown stopped when the hatch was closed the liquid had to go somewhere. I suspect it went into the next tank in the battery.
Can you get an explanation of why the hatch was left open and why they allowed the tank to fill completely before bringing a tank truck to drain it?
Jerry I think the dump on the separator hung open,letting gas blow into condensate tank.That would jet condensate out the open hatch.All stocks are made to hold liquid not nat.gas.To 10:45 condensate is very lite oil.
To Tim R of 8:51AM. Complaints to the RRC are NOT CONFIDENTIAL!! When you call the RRC about something that an operator is doing wrong, you can bet that the very first call the RRC makes is to the operator of concern, and your NAME WILL BE TOLD to the operator. Check me out!
Tim Ruggiero says
I can't say that I knew that, but I can say that in each time we have called the TRRC, someone from the operator has shown up within minutes of the TRRC. The TRRC has told me that they are required by law to contact the operator. That said, I am not the slightest bit concerned about whether or not Aruba is aware of where the call calls from. We have nothing to hide-but they certainly do, don't they?
Amy Mall says
It is horrible that this is happening in your backyard. You probably know this but, just in case, EPA Region 6 has an emergency hot line. I don't know who answers it, but the number is: Environmental Emergencies: 1-866-EPASPILL (1-866-372-7745).
Also, if you report to the National Response Center they notify relevant authorities, including first responders, of chemical spills into the environment: 800-424-8802.